More dramas have continued to shroud the coming election into the executive positions of the Kano branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
Two Kano-based lawyers, Yasir Garba Mukhtar and Adam Auwal Ibrahim on Tuesday took the umbrella body of Nigerian lawyers, NBA, to the Federal High Court to ask for an order restraining the national body from interfering with the Kano branch election.
Joined in the matter were the NBA president, Paul Usoro (SAN); general-secretary, Jonathan Taidi Gunu; chairman of the northern panel of the national appeal committee, Miannaya Essien Essien; chairman of the Kano electoral committee (ELCOM), Tajuddeen O. Funsho; chairman of the Kano branch of the NBA, Abdul Adamu; and the Attorney-general of the federation who is the president-general of the council of the Bar.
The two lawyers sought for an interim injunction to further restrain the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th defendants from suspending, removing, or antagonising the Kano ELCOM chairman from conducting the branch election pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice because he is an independent agent.
They also sought for an order to restrain the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th defendants from interfering with the decision of the ELCOM chairman concerning the disqualification of candidates for the branch election pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
They further sooght for an order to restrain all the defendants from tampering with ELCOM’s time-table for the branch election pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
While the presiding judge, Justice Obiora Atuegwu Egwuatu, refused to grant the prayers of the applicants, he gave an order for status quo to be maintained pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.
He adjourned the matter to Wednesday for the hearing of the motion on notice.
Members of the branch have remained divided on the implication of the court order, and the ELCOM is being awaited to clarify its position after it might have been served.